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General view of festival goers on Day 3 of Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 at Union Park on July 21, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Daniel Boczarski/Redferns via Getty Images20/50

Pitchfork Music Festival

When: July 17th-19th

Where: Chicago, Illinois

Why Go: You've read the ratings, now attend the festival. This year's edition is Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo minus the radio rock, alt-country, EDM and jam bands. Nothing wrong with that, though: Sleater-Kinney have been going as hard as ever, Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield cuts as deep as any singer-songwriter, Todd Terje will put your body in motion and, if asked, ILoveMakonnen would happily join your friends' game of hacky sack.

Must-See Acts: Wilco, Chance the Rapper, Sleater-Kinney, Future Islands, Caribou, Parquet Courts, Jamie xx, ILoveMakonnen, Courtney Barnett, Ex Hex, Tobias Jesso Jr., Perfume Genius, Todd Terje and the Olsens, Future Brown, Waxahatchee

Official Site: pitchforkmusicfestival.com